Re: Character set cluelessness

From: Martin J. Dürst <>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 09:37:16 +0900

Richard - Complex script usually refers to scripts where rendering isn't
just simply putting glyphs side by side. That includes stuff with
combining marks, ligatures, reordering, stacking, and the like.

Regards, Martin.

On 2012/10/03 7:09, Richard Wordingham wrote:
> On Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:14:08 -0700
> "Doug Ewell"<> wrote:
>> It's 2012. How does one get through to folks like this?
> Even people who should know better can get confused about character
> sets. Does anyone know what 'a complex script Unicode range' is? It's
> a term that occurs in the Office Open XML specification, but I
> can't find a definition for it.
> It's just possible that it means a range where hypothetically unassigned
> characters would not be left-to-right, but I've a feeling it ought to
> include Vietnamese characters for all that they're Latin script.
> Possibly the definitions have not been provided because the concept
> ought to involve the tricky task of breaking text runs into script
> runs. (Lots of people feel one should be able to add script-specific
> combining marks to U+25CC DOTTED CIRCLE, U+2013 EN DASH and U+00D7
> U+0964 DEVANAGARI DANDA is used with the Latin, Devanagari and Tamil
> scripts, to name but a few.)
> Richard.
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